Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

China’s power crunch is being fuelled by a ‘simple and brutal’ approach to climate change targets

  • Supply and demand issues and electricity price caps are only partly to blame for the blackouts making a mockery of the government’s vaunted people-centred approach
  • A bigger problem is that bureaucrats, having ignored emission targets for months, are now scrambling to catch up and are employing the time-honoured, but destructive method of ‘Jiandan Cubao’